New Arrivals · Poetry

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

S O S : poems 1961-2013

February 5, 2016
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014, author.
New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2015]
xxix, 606 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Throughout Baraka's career as a prolific writer (also published as LeRoi Jones), he was vehemently outspoken against oppression of African American citizens, and he radically altered the discourse surrounding racial inequality. The environments and social values that inspired his poetics changed during the course of his life, a trajectory that can be traced in this retrospective spanning more than five decades of profoundly evolving subjects and techniques. Praised for its lyricism and introspection, his early poetry emerged from the Beat generation, while his later writing is marked by intensely rebellious fervor and subversive ideology. All along, his primary focus was on how to live and love in the present moment despite the enduring difficulties of human history. Selected and prefaced by Paul Vangelisti, S O S is the essential edition of Baraka's poetic work"-- Publisher's description.

If you can tell

February 5, 2016
McMichael, James, 1939-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
77 pages ; 22 cm
The believed in -- Exchange -- Heard said -- Silence -- Wisdom -- Of Paul -- Pasts -- Hidden.

A collection of love poems

February 5, 2016
Embrey, Davita, author.
viii, 95 pages ; 23 cm

Le turf

February 5, 2016
McMullins, Hilda L., author.
Bloomington, IN : iUniverse, [2015]
xii, 109 pages ; 23 cm
"The verses of poet Hilda L. McMullins reflect on growing up and the wisdom gained with age. They offer an innocent view of life and death--through the good times of "Back in the 3rd grade" and the outraged maturity of "What seems to be the problem, officer?" These poems offer shared hope and shared anger, reminding us that all individuals are just that--individual. They communicate the idea that we are neighbors who are human and hurting, and they celebrate our various heritages and strengths. Perhaps through these concepts, we can learn to disconnect from the noise of the world and get back to shaking each other's hands and looking one another in the eye--before it's too late."--Page [4] of cover.


February 4, 2016
Massey, Joseph, author.
Seattle ; New York : Wave Books, [2015]
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

Poems to work on : the collected poems of Jim Dine

February 4, 2016
Dine, Jim, 1935- author.
282 pages, 4 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portrait ; 29 cm.
Index of titles: pages 277-280.
"Poems to Work On was designed by Jim Dine and Kyle Schlesinger."--Colophon.
Section titles: Kitchen dreams: late sixties and early seventies -- The Untersberg gift: 1994 -- Spirits: late nineties -- Oh drunk on the holy spirit: 2001-03 -- Kali: 1999 -- About her for you: 2003-13.

Blue laws : selected & uncollected poems, 1995-2015

February 3, 2016
Young, Kevin, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
586 pages ; 24 cm
Blue laws -- From Most way home -- Glossolalia -- From To repel ghosts -- From Jelly Roll: a blues -- Chamber music -- From Black Maria -- From For the Confederate dead -- Homage to Phillis Wheatley -- From Dear darkness -- Blue laws -- From Ardency: a chronicale of the Amistad rebels -- Rapture -- From Book of hours.
Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems.

Meditations before the windows fail : poems

February 3, 2016
Looney, George, 1959- author.
Sandpoint, Idaho : Lost Horse Press, [2015]
55 pages ; 22 cm

Robert Lowell in love

February 2, 2016
Meyers, Jeffrey.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.
xii, 263 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Charlotte's web, 1917/1954 -- Southern comfort, 1930/1941 -- Jean Stafford, 1937/1948 -- Mania, 1949/1976 -- Elizabeth Hardwick, 1949/1970 -- The heedless heart, 1954/1970 -- Women friends, 1947/1970 -- Lady Caroline Blackwood, 1970/1977 -- Appendix I. The search for Lowell's lovers -- Appendix II. Annotations to Lowell's poems -- Appendix III. Robert Lowell vs. Lyndon Johnson.


February 1, 2016
Vap, Sarah.
New York City : Penguin Books, [2016]
161 pages ; 22 cm.

I saw an invisible lion today : quatrains

January 29, 2016
Cleary, Brian P., 1959-
Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press, [2016]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Quatrain? What kind of train is that? Actually, it's a poem! Quatrains are poems with patterns of rhyming words. Award-winning author Brian P. Cleary explains how quatrains work—and shows some of the many ways they can be written."--Publisher's description.

Selected later poems

January 29, 2016
Williams, C. K. (Charles Kenneth), 1936-2015, author.
249 pages ; 25 cm
Includes indexes.
"A selection from the last twenty years of C. K. Williams's career, plus new work--proof of his enduring power C. K. Williams's long career has been a catalog of surprises, of inventions and reinventions, of honors. His one constant is a remarkable degree of flexibility, a thrilling ability to shape-shift that goes hand in hand with an essential, enduring honesty. This rare, heady mix has ensured that his verses have remained, from book to book, as fresh and vibrant as they were when he first burst onto the scene. Dear Reader--a generous selection of the last two decades of Williams's poetry, capped by a gathering of new work--is a testament to that enduring vibrancy. Here are the passionate, searching, clear-eyed explorations of empathy in The Vigil; here is the candor and revelation of Repair; here is the agonizing morality of The Singing and Wait, and the unsparing reflections on aging of Writers Writing Dying; here are the poignant prose vignettes of All at Once. Williams's poetry is essential because its lyric beauty, precise and revealing images, and elegant digressions are coupled to a conscience both uneasy and unflinching. Dear Reader is at once a celebration of Williams's career, an affirmation of his continued position in the pantheon of American poets, and a kind of reckoning--a reminder of the ways in which art can serve both beauty and justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Let's Let That Are Not Yet : INFERNO

January 29, 2016
Pavlić, Edward M. (Edward Michael)
Albany, NY : Fence Books, 2015.
159 pages ; 21 cm
"Selected by John Keene"--Cover.

Pure act : the uncommon life of Robert Lax

January 29, 2016
McGregor, Michael N.
New York : Fordham University Press, 2015.
viii, 444 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Table of Contents: -- Prologue: Going Back 1 -- 1. A Mutual Wonder-field -- 2. Ends and Means -- 3. Portals to a Land of Dusk -- 4. The Cottage -- 5. Lo, the sun walks forth! -- 6. Suicide Notes -- 7. The Scream -- 8. Aquinas and the Circus Beckon -- 9. The Siren Call of Hollywood -- 10. On the Road with the Cristianis -- 11. Being a Presence in Post-War Marseilles -- 12. Entering the Mouth of the Lion -- 13. Paris, Pax and Kerouac -- 14. Inspiration in a Greek Diner -- 15. A New Poetics -- 16. Original Child Bomb and an Island Home -- 17. The Sorrow of the Sponge Diver -- 18. A Saint of the Avant-Garde -- 19. Alone in the World -- 20. A Galapagos of the Spirit -- 21. All Thoughts as They Come -- 22. The Flaw in the Ideal -- 23. Hell Hath No Fury -- 24. Finding a Common Language -- 25. Pure Act Becomes Pure Love -- 26. The Peacemaker's Handbook -- Epilogue: The Singer and the Song -- Source Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Acknowledgements.
"An illuminating biography of the minimalist poet Robert Lax, a man who embraced simplicity, humility, and poverty and found the pure joy, peace and love he had long sought. Pure Act tells the story of poet Robert Lax, whose quest to live a true life as both an artist and a spiritual seeker inspired Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac, William Maxwell and a host of other writers, artists and ordinary people. Known in the U.S. primarily as Merton's best friend and in Europe as a daringly original avant-garde poet, Lax left behind a promising New York writing career to travel with a circus, live among immigrants in post-war Marseilles and settle on a series of remote Greek islands where he learned and recorded the simple wisdom of the local people. Born a Jew, he became a Catholic and found the authentic community he sought in Greek Orthodox fishermen and sponge divers. In his early life, as he alternated working at the New Yorker, writing screenplays in Hollywood and editing a Paris literary journal with studying philosophy, serving the poor in Harlem and living in a sanctuary high in the French Alps, Lax pursued an approach to life he called pure act--a way of living in the moment that was both spontaneous and practiced, God-inspired and self-chosen. By devoting himself to simplicity, poverty and prayer, he expanded his capacity for peace, joy and love while producing distinctive poetry of such stark beauty critics called him "one of America's greatest experimental poets" and "one of the new 'saints' of the avant-garde." Written by a writer who met Lax in Greece when he was a young seeker himself and visited him regularly over fifteen years, Pure Act is an intimate look at an extraordinary but little-known life. Much more than just a biography, it's a tale of adventure, an exploration of friendship, an anthology of wisdom, and a testament to the liberating power of living an uncommon life"-- Provided by publisher.

The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All

January 29, 2016
Wright, C. D., 1949-
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, ©2016.
xiii, 135 pages ; 23 cm
"A companion to her astonishing collection of prose Cooling Time, C.D. Wright argues for poetry as a way of being and seeing"-- Provided by publisher.

Thief in the interior

January 28, 2016
Williams, Phillip B.
Farmington, ME : Alice James Books, 2016.
82pages ; 23 cm

War music : an account of Homer's Iliad

January 28, 2016
Logue, Christopher, 1926-2011, author.
x, 341 pages ; 22 cm
Editor's Preface -- WAR MUSIC -- Preamble -- Kings -- The Husbands -- All Day Permanent Red -- Cold Calls -- War Music -- Patrocleia -- GBH -- Pax -- Appendix: Big Men Falling a Long Way -- Author's Notes.
""Your life at every instant up for-- / Gone. / And, candidly, who gives a toss? / Your heart beats strong. Your spirit grips" writes Christopher Logue in his original adaption of Homer's Iliad, the uncanny "translation of translations" that won ecstatic and unparalleled acclaim as "the best translation of Homer since Pope's" (The New York Review of Books). Logue's account of Homer's Iliad is a radical reimagining and reconfiguration of Homer's tale of warfare, human folly, and the power of the gods in language and verse that is emphatically modern and "possessed of a very terrible beauty" (Slate). Illness prevented him from bringing his version of the Iliad to completion, but enough survives in notebooks and letters to assemble a compilation of War Music, Kings, The Husbands, and All Day Permanent Red, along with previously unpublished material, in one final illuminating volume arranged by his friend and fellow poet Christopher Reid. The result comes as near as possible to representing the poet's complete vision and confirms what his admirers have long known: that "Logue's Homer is likely to endure as one of the great long poems of the twentieth century" (The Times Literary Supplement)"-- Provided by publisher.

Incorrect merciful impulses

January 22, 2016
Rankine, Camille.
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, 2016.
viii, 77 pages ; 23 cm
"Camille Rankine's debut collection is a series of provocations and explorations. Rankine's short, lyric poems are sharp, agonized, and exquisite, exploring themes of race, doubt, and identity. The collection's sense of continuity and coherence comes through recurring poem types, including "still lifes," "instructions," and "symptoms. "From "Symptoms of Aftermath":...When I am saved, a slim nurse leans out of the white light. I need to hear your voice, sweetheart. I see my escape. I walk into the water. The sky is blue like the ocean, which is blue like the sky.Camille Rankine is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a MacDowell fellowship, her poetry appears in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, and other publications."-- Provided by publisher.

Vivas to those who have failed : poems

January 22, 2016
Espada, Martín, 1957-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
94 pages ; 22 cm
In this powerful new collection of poems, Martín Espada articulates the transcendent vision of another, possible world. and gives voice to the spirit of endurance in the face of loss--Dust jacket.

Tangle : poems

January 22, 2016
Hansel, Pauletta, author.
copyright 2015
xiii, 106 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The answer has always been one : forty years of love poems

January 22, 2016
Connelly, Joseph F., Jr.
Park Hills, KY : Anita Connelly, ©2008.
131 pages ; 21 cm
Cover title.

As we were : collected poems

January 20, 2016
Connelly, Joseph F., Jr., author.
Park Hills, KY : Anita Connelly, ©2013.
96 pages ; 24 cm.

Darkening trapeze : last poems

January 18, 2016
Levis, Larry, author.
100 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Dead man's float

January 12, 2016
Harrison, Jim, 1937-
Port Townsend, Washington : Copper Canyon Press, [2016]
ix, 107 pages ; 24 cm
"His poems succeed on the basis of an open heart and a still-ravenous appetite for life."--The Texas Observer"Harrison doesn't write like anyone else, relying entirely on the toughness of his vision and intensity of feeling."--Publishers Weekly"Harrison's essential honesty is deeply affecting."--Library JournalThe title Dead Man's Float is inspired by a technique used by swimmers to conserve energy when exhausted, to rest up for the long swim to shore. In his fourteenth volume of poetry, Jim Harrison presents keen awareness of physical pains, delights in the natural world, and reflects on humanity's tentative place in a universe filled with ninety billion galaxies. By turns mournful and celebratory, these fearless and exuberant poems accomplish what Harrison's poems always do: wake us up to the possibilities of being fully alive.WarblerThis year we have two gorgeous yellow warblers nesting in the honeysuckle bush. The other day I stuck my head in the bush. The nestlings weigh one twentieth of an ounce, about the size of a honeybee. We stared at each other, startled by our existence. In a month or so, when they reach the size of bumblebees they'll fly to Costa Rica without a map.Jim Harrison, one of America's most versatile and celebrated writers, is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction--including Legends of the Fall, the acclaimed trilogy of novellas. With a fondness for open space and anonymous thickets, he divides his time between Montana and southern Arizona"-- Provided by publisher.

"Mother is a word called love" : a special collection of inspirational verses

January 8, 2016
Rice, Helen Steiner.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Gibson Greeting Cards, Inc., 1964.
18 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, inscribed: "To: Mother Kiener, 1970. From: Vivian S. Dumford.

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